Historic South Orange County (Photos)

Inside the back hallways of the Newport Harbor Justice Center are historic photos of South Orange County. I thought I would share them with you. First Laguna Beach City Jail Back Bay Salt Mine Newport Dory Fleet Irvine Sugar Beet Facility Fashion Island Under Construction Downtown Laguna Beach World Jamboree 1953, Future "Jamboree Road" Laguna … Continue reading Historic South Orange County (Photos)

Don’t Turn Back!

The restored gospel has an infinite variety of wonderful doctrines. One of those principles is the concept of “turning back.”   Jesus proclaimed, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. (Lk. 9:62) The most famous example of “turning back” in the scriptures is Lot’s wife. Jesus … Continue reading Don’t Turn Back!

Heartbreaking Criminal Cases

Some criminal cases are heartbreaking, not because of harm to a victim, but because of the circumstances of the criminal. As a criminal prosecutor and as a judge I have some discretion to “do the right thing.” The WWII Vet Shoplifter As a young criminal prosecutor in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, I was … Continue reading Heartbreaking Criminal Cases

World War II: Catching German Spies with the American National Anthem

During WW II in the European countryside, there were a lot of crossroads without road signs, so the US Army posted soldiers at the crossroads to direct troop traffic in the right direction.  Near the end of the war, during the Battle of the Bulge, the German SS launched Operation Griffin. The objective was to … Continue reading World War II: Catching German Spies with the American National Anthem